In-depth horticulture training for Missourians who wish to spread their knowledge of gardening.
Master gardeners are trained volunteers with gardening backgrounds ranging from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced and from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing.
After training, master gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. Voluntarism is at the heart of the master gardener program, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.
Master Gardeners complete 30 hours of volunteer service following their initial training, working on approved projects in the community. Subsequent years require master gardeners to complete 20 hours of volunteer service.
Lincoln County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Lincoln County Extension Center. Call 636-462-5782 for more information on how to become a Master Gardener.
Completing core training is the first step toward becoming a master gardener. Taught by MU Extension personnel and certified master gardeners, training topics include:
- Missouri Master Gardener program policies and procedures
- Plants and their environment
- Plant propagation
- Soils, plant nutrition and nutrient management
- Vegetable gardening
- Fruit production
- Establishment and care of woody ornamentals
- Pruning ornamental trees and shrubs
- Establishment and care of herbaceous ornamentals
- Managing lawns and turfgrass
- Residential landscaping
- Preventing and managing plant diseases
- Using pesticides safely in the home and garden
Annual plant sale
Thanks to all who came out to make this year's plant sale a huge success!
We plan to use the funds to provide a college scholarship and educate the public through our demonstration gardens at the Lincoln County Health Department, the county courthouse and other local projects.
Lincoln County Master Gardeners scholarship
Lincoln County Master Gardener member Kim Robinson was proud to present the recipient of the fifth annual $500 scholarship to Caleb Hudson at Silex High School’s Senior Awards Night.
Caleb’s many academic accomplishments, his active FFA involvement with several impressive local and state awards, his extensive 4-H participation and numerous officer positions as well as his genuine enthusiasm and passion for agriculture made him an outstanding candidate for the scholarship. He plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia and major in plant science. Master gardeners are excited to “plant the seed” for Caleb to “grow” his dreams toward a successful career in plant science. Congratulations!
Master Gardeners are available to give presentations to schools, clubs and organizations in the area for a speaker fee of $25. Call 636-462-5782 to schedule a speaker.
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News & articles
- Published: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Submitting soil samples to your local University of Missouri Extension center is easy, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory.Now is the best time of the year to submit samples to the accredited ...
- Published: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The summer they were married, Dan and Earlene Britton received a cutting from a Christmas cactus belonging to Earlene’s grandmother Naomi Ingrum. Thirty-six years later, the Brittons and the cactus continue to do well in spite of ...
- Published: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The term “winterize” is associated more with automobiles than garden plants, but just as motorists want their cars to withstand the rigors of winter, gardeners can take steps to help their fragile plants do the same.Most of our ...
The Garden Spade, February 2019 issue, covering Greene, Butler, and other counties
The Garden Spade, March 2019 issue, covering Greene, Butler, and other counties
The Garden Spade, April 2019 issue, covering Greene, Butler, and other counties
The Garden Spade, May 2019 issue, covering Greene, Butler, and other counties
The Garden Spade, June 2019 issue, covering Greene, Butler, and other counties